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Animal bites / Dog bites - First Aid and Emergency Treatment Guide

Last Updated on Jun 13, 2013
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Overview

  • Domestic pets cause more bites
  • Dogs more likely to bite, cats more infectious
  • Risk of rabies with non-immunized pets / stray / wild animals
  • Raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats too carry rabies
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Symptoms

  • Skin break 
  • Bruise / puncture
  • Cuts
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling and redness of the area
  • Oozing of fluid
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Treatment

  • Calm the affected person
  • Wash hands before attending to wound
  • Wash wound with soap & running water
  • Apply antibiotic ointment 
  • Dress using sterile bandage
  • After first aid, medical treatment must be sought quickly
  • Suturing may be required
  • Tetanus booster / antibiotics required
  • Treatment depends on type / location of wound
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Prevention

  • Avoid keeping wild animals as pets 
  • Choose a pet that is friendly to children
  • Train the pet to obey commands
  • Vaccinate your pet
  • When children are around, pets supervision is required
  • Avoid leaving infants alone with pets
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David23, United Kingdom

Very useful information

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